By Josh Brown
TROY — After the first quarter was over, Troy left no doubt that its five-game skid would be ending.
The Trojan boys basketball team outscored West Carrollton 59-33 after the first quarter, 42-23 in the second half alone, putting three players in double figures in a 75-53 victory Tuesday at West Carrollton.
Troy (3-6) fell behind 20-16 after one quarter but, led by center Mechia Linton, took a three-point halftime lead and then outscored the Pirates (2-6) 27-15 in the third to take total control.
“The kids did a nice job of getting him (Linton) the ball early,” Troy coach Paul Bremigan said. “He had our first eight points of the game. The kids got him the ball, and he finished — which is something we’ve been focusing on, having our big guys doing a good job of finishing around the basket.
“I thought we did a nice job of sharing the basketball tonight. We had more assists that in any other game. We got the ball to the open man and shot it well, and with the exception of the first quarter, we defended better, also.”
Linton had a career high 23 points for the Trojans. Romello Yaqub added 13 points, Keenan Kinnel scored 11, Austin Persinger added nine and Ryan McClurg scored eight.
Troy hosts Butler Friday night in search of its first Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division win.
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe’s winning streak hit four games Tuesday night as the Red Devils held off Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division rival Bellefontaine for another narrow victory, 54-49 at home.
Zach Wildermuth led Tippecanoe (6-4, 2-2 CBC Kenton Trail) with 15 points off the bench, helping the Devils’ bench outscore the Chieftains’ 25-5 in the game. Carter Mann added 13 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots, Aaron Hughes had six points and Joe Tesch added five points.
Jacob Rogan led Bellefontaine (4-6, 1-3 CBC Kenton Trail) with 18 points.
Of the Devils’ 10 games this season, eight have now been decided by 10 points or less — including all four of the Devils’ losses, but also now three straight victories.
Tippecanoe will begin a four-game road trip Friday at Springfield Shawnee.
Piqua 69, Fairmont 67
PIQUA — Piqua’s Derrick Gullett connected on the game-winning layup with 1.8 seconds left Tuesday night, preventing the Indians from dropping a third straight game in which they held a double-digit lead in a 69-67 victory over Fairmont.
Colton Bachman led the Indians with 23 points, five rebounds and had the assist on the game-winning bucket, Nate Monnin added 16 points and 10 rebounds and Ben Schmiesing scored eight points.
Piqua (6-4) travels to Greenville Friday.
JC 67, Lehman 39
SIDNEY — Jackson Center rolled to a big lead by the half and went on to beat the Lehman Cavaliers 67-39 in non-league action Tuesday night at Lehman.
Ben Frantz led Lehman with 13 points. The Cavs are now 2-7 after their third straight loss. The Cavs have not reached 40 points in any of those setbacks and will play twice on the road this weekend, Friday at Riverside in Northwest Central Conference action and Saturday at Houston.
KR Sweeps Tipp
SPRINGFIELD — The Tippecanoe boys and girls bowling teams were both defeated by Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division rival Kenton Ridge Tuesday, with the boys falling 2,545-2,285 and the girls falling 2,293-1,845.
Nick Lanham led the boys (3-8, 2-7 CBC Kenton Trail) with a 218 game and 373 series, while Steven Ridgeway added 189-170—359.
Jessica Goodson had a 204 game and 318 series to lead the girls (1-9, 1-7 CBC Kenton Trail) and Tyra Konicki rolled a 174 game.
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